Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Scenes of the Green

It is really greening up here at the farmette.  

 Secret Agent Farmer Man was so motivated that he even tilled part of the garden....even after mowing the yard.  

Yes, he already mowed the yard.  

"A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule."  

Michael Pollan  

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Prospects at the End of the Road

Yesterday found me up earlier than usual on a Saturday morning.  Located far out in the country, at the end of a road, the location was idyllic and incredibly secluded.  

The property belonged to a local small town doctor who practiced medicine for many, many years, right here in Smalltownland.  His collection of antiquities was vast and interesting.  

The front porch of the cabin was loaded with cherry chest of drawers, (swoon), along with a fantastic plantation desk, which is hidden in this photo.  

Antique medicine bottles, marbles, medical equipment, and oddities rounded out the items for sale.  

At one point they had people bidding on a hat and, upon closer inspection, I realized it was made from a cow's udder.  It went for $325.....seriously.  

This tractor was a gem and still running, as I heard men say.  

This old gas pump went for several thousand dollars to an out of town antique dealer.  There were several of those floating around the premises.  

This gentleman made the best of his situation and procured a stool, to make a spot to see the action.  

At one point I was looking around inside the cabin and I struck up a conversation with a sweet, elderly man.  We both loved the property and the ancient cabin.  When I told him my husband thought there were just too many outbuildings, he let me know that I could just divorce my husband and he and I could run away together.  

Just goes to show you that there are prospects even at the end of the road.  

Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Randoms

A small patch of Daffodils have sprung up in our yard.  I am hoping to find more on a farm hike this weekend.  

One of the chickens left me a prize egg.....with a double yolk.  Sweet!  

Here you can find more info on Chip and Joanna Gaines.  I had no idea that their business was so expansive.  

Since April 1st is almost upon us, maybe one of these pranks is for you.  

Scored a ticket to see The Eagles this summer.  I'll leave you with one of my favorites.  

Linking up with Nancy and Tanya today! 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday that I will soon have this view to enjoy.  Looking at our old house from the barn, it gives a back row view of the garden.  

The grass is starting to grow and the chickens are loving it, not to mention the cows.  The lawnmower has been given the once over and is ready to go.  I can't say that Secret Agent Farmer Man is thankful for that......

"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows.  It's what the sunflowers do."  

Helen Keller

Linking up with Teresa today because there is a blurry fence in this shot .....

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Like a Good Neighbor

I have posted a picture of our neighbor's bull before.  He (the bull) is nothing short of specimen.   Exactly what a bull should be.  

He doesn't even try to break through the fence.  What more could I ask for?  

A couple of weeks ago our neighbor offered up the services of this fine animal.  The only stipulation being that he was back on his side of the fence by the month of May.  


I have lived in a variety of places and have had a variety of neighbors.  I have borrowed sugar, butter, and even flour.  I have even borrowed a car, for a couple of days.  

 Never, ever,  the services of a bull.  

I feel a bit bereft that our heifers are a bit too young for his....ministrations.  

But, this country neighbor stuff, I am liking it.  

"Don't take the bull by the horns, take him by the tail;  then you can let go when you want to."  

Josh Billings  

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Time Flies

This young man turns eighteen years old today.  And, as I have heard so many parents say before, where did the time go?  

I had to take these pictures of him on the fly. 

 Below is him telling me not to take his picture.  

His birthday plans include fishing and target shooting.  He is a pretty low key kind of guy.  

A guy....not a boy anymore.  

"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are."  

e.e. cummings  

Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Randoms

You know it's almost that time of year again.  Dandelions!  If you would like to have them near to you 365 days a year, just click here.  

Just in case you have been wondering what the new Royal baby will be named, here is your solution.  You are welcome.  

Calling all teenage girls!  (I know a lot of them read this blog.)  Here is what you need to be following on Instagram.  

Are you into the pallet craze?  My son has collected a few for projects.  Here are some ideas to get your craft on.  

Last, but not least, we all need a little music to move us toward the weekend.  

Linking up with Nancy and Tanya today!  

Go forth and have a great weekend!  

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Thankful that this is taking up my time at the moment.  The girl of the house made her debut playing Varsity High School Softball this week.  For the next several weeks my nights will be this scene, through the fence.  

Last night, at the game, the temperature was in the upper 40's.  Could have fooled me!  One parent was sitting inside a zipped-up sleeping bag.  She had the right idea.  

Linking up with Teresa today!  

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St. Patrick's Day

Today we all pause to celebrate our Irish heritage, be it real or imaginary.  

A school photo with my grandfather, Lallie, on the far right, bottom row.  His sister, Mae, is dead center, front row.  She is the only surviving member of their family.   How about that kid with the BB gun?!  

I'm glad to say that I seem to have plenty of Irish lineage scattered through the generations.  

My great-grandparents, Jim and Tamar.  Parents of My grandmother Lucille.  

Folks who lived hard lives farming tobacco in this part of Kentucky.  

My grandmother,  Lucille, as a young girl.  She is still living in her eighties.  In her youth she had blond hair with pale blue eyes.  Her hair went jet black, as she aged, and the pale blue eyes remained.  

Who served their country and returned to this small town to continue the family legacy.  

My grandfather, Lallie, as a serviceman in WWII.  

Who became parents, grandparents, and special ladies who sewed my clothes and made matching clothes for my dolls, with the scraps.  

My grandmother  Lucille, as a young woman.  

"If you're Irish it doesn't matter where you go - you'll find family."  

Victoria Smurfit  

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Misty Morning

This morning I walked out of the house, with camera in hand, thinking of a photo project.  

Then, my husband pointed out that I should look at the mist rising from our natural springs.  

A hillside slopes right in front of our old farmhouse, where a natural spring flows out in three waterfalls.  

With the temperature change, the mist was rising fast, and it didn't last long.  

"Morning is wonderful.  Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of the day."  

Glen Cook  

Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday Randoms

Don't they look fierce?  Really, they are just a bunch of softies.  

Here is a little office mashup of some great covers.  

Thinking of moving to a small town?  Here is a list of the coolest in America.  

A person who has commented as, "anonymous", has inquired about our solar panel project.  Purchased from Windy Nation, they continue to work well.  Be advised that you will need a lot of panels to gather small amounts of power.  Four panels provide power for small tools in the garage along with lighting.  Also lighting for the barn.  

Have you ever been intrigued by homes shown in movies?  Here is a nice list for you.  I do love Highclere Castle.  

Linking up today with Nancy and Tanya!  

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Thankful today for this view that now actually has grass showing.  No more snow, just some rain and warmer temperatures.  Thankful for the flow of seasons that change just when I am running out of steam.  

What will I blog about when the weather calms down?  

Linking up with Teresa today!  

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


"Forever is composed of nows."  

Emily Dickinson 

Enjoy your now....whatever it might be.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Springing Forward

 A big warm up is on the books for this coming week.  

Snow that blew into our barn.  

It can't come soon enough.  

Fancy door lock 

I just might have to wear a pair of sandals to work this week as a sign of enthusiasm.  

Old chicken wire

Yesterday I ordered two small solar powered fountain pumps for gardening projects.  
I am ready.....

Sweet bird feet
My students will be so excited to play outside this week.  
That hasn't happened in a couple of months.  

Naked tree in the front yard. 

Pretty soon this tree will have leaves on it.  
I don't think I have been this excited for spring in a long time.  

"In winter I plot and plan.  In spring, I move."  

Henry Rollins  

Friday, March 6, 2015

Friday Randoms

A view of yesterday's sunset from the front porch.  

In the market for a sweet Texas farmhouse?  Well, look no further, here you go.  

I enjoy feeding birds here at the farmette, but they have never brought me a gift.  That is what is happening to this young girl.  

Canadians have taken to drawing on their five dollar bills to honor the late Leonard Nimoy.  LLAP 

It's been a Styx kick this week so you can listen here, here or here.  

Linking up with Nancy today!  Glad to have you back!

Also linking up with Tanya!  

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Thankful to be in a cozy, warm house this morning with continuing electric service.  It's the little things, you know.  

I snapped this picture of this Mama Cow and her new calf just a few days ago.  One of my country neighbors had several calves born during the last snowstorm and, what looks to be a set of twins.  Thus far, I have been unable to capture the twins on camera.  

Linking up with Teresa today!  Pay her a visit, if you haven't before!  

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

What to Say

Yesterday was one of those days when nothing  happened.  As in nothing, zero, zilch.....you get the picture.  

No manure on my person, no donkeys in the yard, and I even cooked supper.

Yet another barn I pass each day on my way to work.

It is one of those times when I feel like I have nothing to write about.  And, I mean that in the best way.  We have been floating along in the ordinariness of life.  

It's been nice. 

Then, I looked at the weather forecast.  Flood watch tomorrow immediately followed by a Winter Storm Watch.  

Multiple inches of rain and snow?    

I don't know if I need a canoe or a snow blower....maybe both.  

"A lot of people like snow.  I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water."  

Carl Reiner  

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Marching On

Frozen ruts and slippery walks; 
Gray old crops of last year's stalks.

Christopher Cranch  

March is roaring forth like a lion with a chance of more snow this week.  

Dreary days are short numbered as the first day of spring waits for us later this month.  I am sure these equine friends are as ready for it as I am.  

Trap shooting practice starts this week and the first softball scrimmage is next weekend.  Winter's rest is over at this household.